CoreLogic Prevails in Trade Secrets and Breach of Contract Case

The California state court entered broad injunctions against the defendants, and the defendants agreed to immediately return any and all confidential documents in their possession. The former employees also publicly apologized to CoreLogic for their actions and acknowledged that they had breached their confidentiality obligations. In addition, the parties entered into confidential settlement agreements.

According to the CoreLogic complaint, filed in January 2014 by Hueston Hennigan LLP attorneys John Hueston, Moez Kaba and Eric Hayden, the five defendants, Brian Dixon, Nicole Herold, Khiem Hoang, Anthony Romano, and Paul Shiroma, all left CoreLogic within three months of each other in late 2013 and early 2014, and began working for competitor First American Financial Corporation. Immediately upon learning of the theft, Hueston Hennigan attorneys successfully obtained a temporary restraining order preventing any further access or use of the confidential documents.

Then, through computer forensics and aggressive discovery, the firm was able to refute defendants’ repeated denials of any wrongdoing. CoreLogic was able to develop a record that established these employees had misappropriated confidential and highly proprietary CoreLogic files. CoreLogic’s investigation also revealed that several of the employees later attempted to cover up evidence of their misdeeds. With this information, Hueston Hennigan successfully obtained a broad injunction and return of all of CoreLogic’s confidential documents in these employees’ possession without the necessity of going to trial.

Lead attorney John Hueston said, “This is a significant victory for CoreLogic and sets an example for other companies whose business depends on the creation and safeguarding of proprietary information.

“Trade secret theft is an increasingly important concern in the new economy, he continued, “and CoreLogic’s win demonstrates how a company can work effectively and efficiently with counsel to protect its intellectual property.”

Hueston Hennigan attorneys John Hueston, Moez Kaba, Eric Hayden, and Ellen Kenney represented CoreLogic.

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More about Hueston Hennigan’s Class Action Defense Practice

Hueston Hennigan attorneys have defended companies against the largest and most significant class action cases. We often have terminated these cases through early motions practice or by defeating a motion for class certification. But we also obtain extraordinary results when we are asked to take over after class certification. We do so by bringing trial lawyer training and credibility to class action defense, often dramatically narrowing the scope of damages and shifting the downside trial risk to the plaintiffs.

Representative matters have included:

  • Securing decertification of a consumer class action alleging violations of California’s false advertising and consumer protection laws, on behalf of a publicly traded manufacturer of natural health products and nutritional supplements.
  • Representing Waste Management in a putative consumer class action seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages against Waste Management and others relating to garbage collection operations in Los Angeles, California. The complaint was dismissed on a demurrer.
  • Substituting in to represent a Corelogic subsidiary after a national class was certified with alleged damages exceeding $150 million. After a successful series of motions, obtained settlement for less than $10 million, including an attorneys’ fees award providing less than 20% of plaintiffs’ actual attorneys’ fees. Obtaining a dismissal with prejudice of consolidated federal shareholder litigation arising from a $600 million settlement with the USDOJ for alleged off-label promotional activities related to Botox.
  • Obtaining a dismissal with prejudice of a false advertising class action against Nutraceutical subsidiary, NaturalCare, Inc.
  • Obtaining a settlement after trial for less than 10% of alleged damages in national class action against Fortune 500 company.

Rising Stars: Five Hueston Hennigan Attorneys Named to 2015 List

The selection of these attorneys is all the more noteworthy as each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are chosen to receive this honor. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained significant peer recognition and professional achievement.

Each of the Hueston Hennigan lawyers selected has a strong civil litigation, white collar and trial practice. Mr. Kaba also was named to Super Lawyers Up and Coming 100 list.

“Our greatest asset at Hueston Hennigan is our deep bench of talented young lawyers,” said founding partner Brian Hennigan. “They are involved in our most important matters and work at every stage of a case, giving them significant responsibility, and providing our clients young lawyers of tremendous ability.”

According to Super Lawyers: the annual selections are made using a process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

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